Ben Dolic, the internally selected German ESC 2020 representative, will not return to Eurovision 2021 in Rotterdam to represent Germany.

Germany joins the list of countries that will seek for a new representative for the forthcoming Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam. Ben Dolic the ESC 2020 hopeful confirmed earlier today that he will not return to the next edition of the contest to represent Germany.

Precisely the young act stated on his Instagram account: 

Hey everyone!

I enjoyed every moment of the Eurovision journey and appreciate everyone who believed in me and has been there every step of the way!
This will truly be a chapter in my life that I will always cherish and look back at!
My career has taken a different direction!
I’ve grown so much as an artist and there is still so much more that I want to achieve.
I have decided not to participate at the Eurovision next year! It has been a hard and a difficult decision to make, but the right one at this moment in time.
Thank you all for being with me on this beautiful ride and giving me your love and support!
And to the one who will be chosen to represent Germany in Rotterdam 2021!
I wish you all well from the bottom of my heart! Enjoy the journey!

A couple of months before, early July, Alexandra Wolfslast , Head Of Delegation Germany, ARD-ESC boss Christian Blenker and NDR entertainment chief Thomas Schreiber in a joint exclusive interview with ESC Compakt revealed that the broadcaster will use the same formula in order to determine the next Eurovision act.

Thus, the 2021 German Eurovision entry and act via will be determined via 2 special juries:

  • 100 member juries consisting of Eurovision fans
  • 20 member jury consisting of international music experts

Germany joins France (national selection)  and Italy ( Sanremo Festival)  who will be seeking for new Eurovision hopefuls in 2021 while Spain will stick with this year’s representative, Blas Canto. UK remains the only Big-5 country to specify its intentions for next year’s representative.

 

Ben Dolic was internally selected to represent Germany at the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam with his entry Violent Thing. Unfortunately  his Eurovision journey was interrupted as the contest was cancelled due to the covid-19 outbreak.

The Story So Far

Germany is one of the  Big-5 countries and qualifies directly to the Eurovision Grand final. The country has participated in every edition of the Eurovision Song Contest since 1956, with one year’s exception back in 1996.  The country has won the competition twice, namely in 1982 and 2010.

In 2018 Germany placed 4th in the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon with Michael Schulte‘s  You let me walk alone , while in 2019 the duo Sisters represented the country and finished second last in the 25th place of the grand final.